Relativistic theory for localized electrostatic excitations in degenerate electron-ion plasmas

Michael Mc Kerr*, Fernando Haas, Ioannis Kourakis

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A self-consistent relativistic two-fluid model is proposed for electron-ion plasma dynamics. A one-dimensional geometry is adopted. Electrons are treated as a relativistically degenerate fluid, governed by an appropriate equation of state. The ion fluid is also allowed to be relativistic, but is cold, nondegenerate, and subject only to an electrostatic potential. Exact stationary-profile solutions are sought, at the ionic scale, via the Sagdeev pseudopotential method. The analysis provides the pulse existence region, in terms of characteristic relativistic parameters, associated with the (ultrahigh) particle density.

Original languageEnglish
Article number033112
Number of pages10
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability


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